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What were the aims of the Schlieffen plan.

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Germany knew that within the next couple of years France or Russia would attempt a revenge attack on Germany because of what Germany did during the Franco- Prussian war Germany had to start preparing for this so they decided to let a man called Alfred von schlieffen draw up a plan to win a war with the two countries should either France or Russia made a move they aptly named this plan the Schlieffen plan after the man who drew it up. In full knowledge of French defences, Schlieffen proposed attacking France through Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg - the Benelux countries. Schlieffen planned to use 90% of German military forces to deliver a knock out blow to France knocking them out of the war before Russia could build up there army. ...read more.

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in time to dispose of the Russian army also by going around the west of Paris if Britain did join the war they would not be able to help and could be beaten by Germany in the confusion. This plan sadly for the Germans did not work they attempted to go through Belgium quickly but Belgium delayed the until the British soldiers got to The docks in France then the Belgium's couldn't stop them anymore so Germany marched forward until it was met by the British army who promptly stopped them until the French army could get into position seems as the Germans plan to cruise through Belgium had failed they could not get any of the supplies that they needed and slowly but surely the German army began to crumble ...read more.

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Germans lost in the end I have shown in this essay that the main purpose of the schlieffen plan was to put France out of the war in the first 3 weeks then move the whole army against Russia who would've been on there own if Britain had not joined in. There was lots of aims to the Schlieffen plan some of these being * To move the troops very quickly using newly drawn up timetables * Mobilize at the first sign of Russia Mobilizing * To trick the French by coming in through the back door into France * To take Paris by forcing it to surrender * When the French had surrendered to go after the Russian army If the Germans failed one of these the whole plan failed. ...read more.

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